By default, Google is encouraging its user to always update their apps for better performances, reliability, and sophisticated features. Despite the advantages of ensuring the apps is in the recent version, internet bandwidth is always a major concern of updating apps. For me personally, many apps have already put the best features even without upcoming iteration. I found several developers do not give a great improvement to their respective apps, instead only adding nearly-useless feats such as sharing button, more ad, and sort of third-party integration.
Automatic update not only hurts data plan especially for a metered connection but also interfere with your activity when using an online application or video games. Even the update progress undoubtedly draining the battery as well. If you want to disable auto-update on the certain Android app, check out the following guide below.
How to Disable Auto-Update on Certain Android App
Go to Google Play Store and heads to an app you want to disable its auto-update.
On the app page, tap the three-vertical dots icon and disable the auto-update by removing the checkbox.
For example, I set an app called “Trafi” to never conduct any update anytime in the future. However, if you feel the app is too obsolete you are always able to update the app manually by the following tutorial.
How to Update Android Apps Manually
Run the Google Play Store and tap the three-horizontal lines icon on top of the tap and select My apps & games.
From there, you will see available update for all apps, including for one which you have turned off its auto-update setting.
In case you wanted a radical approach by turning off auto-update for entire apps, Google has allowed you to do so.
How to Disable Auto Update for Entire Android Apps
Open the Google Play Store, tap the three-horizontal lines icon and select Settings.
On the Settings menu, tap the Auto-update apps.
Originally the auto-update only runs under WiFi connection but you can choose Do not auto-update apps no matter what the type of network connected to the phone.
Since the auto-update has been disabled, the background system that responsible for checking the version of an app would be dismissed. It seems to be great for longer battery life along with less bandwidth usage but you may be missed some intriguing improvements unless you decided to update it manually.